When I asked Captain if he had any special requests for supper tonight,
he thought for a moment then said:
‘How about Sloppy Joe’s?’
It’s been years since I made these
or even heard the name mentioned.
It’s a standard kid-friendly-easy-inexpensive-comfort sort of supper.
I can’t even remember how I used to make them
but remember ground beef
and some sort of tomatoey concoction
served on hamburger buns.
I was a little short on tomato sauce onboard and although I remember
tomato ketchup is usually one of the ingredients,
it’s not something I keep…
except when little people visit,
so I used some spicy salsa
which I guess technically makes these
Sloppy Josés.
enough for 4 hearty servings
cooking oil
1.5 lbs ground beef (I used extra lean)
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 package mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup corn
1 12 oz tin tomato sauce
1/2 cup salsa
1 small can tomato paste
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
sea salt and ground pepper to taste
hamburger buns (I used whole wheat)
Cook the onion, green pepper and garlic in a bit of oil for 3-4 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and ground beef to brown.
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 5-10 minutes
until the mixutre becomes ‘saucy’.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve on hamburger buns.
Galley Kat Notes
I have to be honest,
although this was really good
it was not what I remembered it being.
There is something about greasy ground beef
and fluffy white ordinary hamburger buns
that would have made these awesome.
So much for trying to be healthy.
Day two leftovers were much better.
The flavours had the time to blend well.

3 responses to “R.E.D. SLOPPY JOES”

  1. Patricia says:

    Ah, another childhood comfort food memory! My mom used to use the Lawry's* Sloppy Joe mix to which a can of tomato paste and a bit of water was added to the ground beef and onions. She would also serve home made french fries with that. And on the white fluffy hamburger buns lightly toasted. Probably not the healthiest food these days but as something you might do once in a blue moon for comfort food….

    Sort of like grilled cheese sandwiches. Sure you can get gourmet ones with fancy breads and cheeses but for me the all time favorite is American cheese slices and white sandwich bread 😉

    Lawry's is the brand in the States but is interchangeable with McCormick's here. I'm sure I've seen Sloppy Joe spice packs here.

  2. Patricia says:

    Ok, did a little more research (yes, I have a ton of work to do but the occasional diversion…)

    Anyway, found the list of ingredients in the seasoning packets, would be ok except that sugar is listed first! Sugar, Onion, Salt, Corn Starch, Spices (Including Paprika, Chili Pepper), Red And Green Bell Peppers, Garlic, Corn Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Vinegar Solids, And Natural Flavor

    However, I found this recipe that seems close to this list without the sugar:

    On the other hand, to be real comfort food it really has to be the original so for something I might do every few years or so i may just stick with the packet 🙂

  3. Kathy Haslam says:

    It also contains hydrolized soy protein which is a nice sounding name for MSG. My Mom used to use it too. Oh those childhood memories!

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